Silcotech breaks ground on $3.5M plant in York County

Posted January 8, 2014 7:22 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

DSC_3390Andrew Kiel |
York Mayor Edward Lee was just one of dozens of York County leaders grinning with excitement as the county’s newest business broke ground on a new $3.5 million plant in the East York Industrial Park.

Nearly a month ago, Lee was in a room with some of the same business leaders as he learned 225 people would be losing their jobs at the FRAM Auto Parts plant in York.

But Wednesday was a little different.

“It’s a new year and I think we have to move forward,” Lee said. “We had some bad news to end 2013 but this is really good news.”

Canada-based Silcotech North America plans to create 50 new jobs at its new site by summer’s end — just as the FRAM plant closes its doors for the final time.

“This is the new frontier of economic development in York County — Western York County,” Lee said.

Silcotech North America president Michael Maloney said his company spent two years searching for a new site to expand and finally chose York County for its premiere higher education system.

“Our business is really about people,” Maloney said. “If we can’t grow people than we can’t grow a business.”

Among other incentives, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development set aside $160,000 for pre-employment training via the state’s technical college system.